Google apparently sent Verizon locked Pixel 3 to some who ordered the unlocked model

Some Google Store customers who purchased the unlocked Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL have been sent the Verizon version instead. This was discovered when those expecting the unlocked variant to arrive were unable to unlock the bootloader.

Nov 23, 2018, 9:02 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  8 comments
Niantic is turning Pokemon GO into Pokemon STOP for those with a rooted phone

If you have root access on your Android phone, don't expect to be able to continue with your second job as a Pokemon trainer. Game developer Niantic recently disseminated an update to v.0.115.2 of the still popular Pokemon GO mobile game. Among the changes, the app can now go through your phone's internal storage and look for any files related to rooting. If one is found, you will not be able to access the game...

Aug 20, 2018, 10:55 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  9 comments
Android 8.1 kernel source code released for the Motorola Moto G5S Plus

Say you're a developer of custom ROMs and recoveries. If you want to help Moto G5S Plus users customize their handsets, you are going to want the kernel source code for the device. Today, Motorola released the source code for the Moto G5S Plus. The phone is the sequel to the Moto G5 Plus and sports a larger 5.5-inch display, a dual camera system on back, and a metal body. The handset has a code name of "sanders."...

Aug 01, 2018, 10:53 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
TWRP custom recovery now supports seven more Android devices including the LG G5 and Moto E4

If you like to customize your Android phone, you're probably familiar with TWRP custom recovery, which is the most popular such image for Android handsets. TWRP allows users to modify their handset using custom ROMs. Besides helping you install custom ROMs, TWRP allows you to make backups, root your phone and more. TWRP supports a large number of Android phones and tablets, and seven more models are now added to that list...

Jul 14, 2018, 12:29 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Moto X4 Android 8.1 Oreo kernel source code disseminated by Motorola

Motorola today released the Android 8.1 Oreo kernel code for the Moto X4. With the code, developers will be able to write custom ROMs and recoveries for the version of the phone running Android 8.1 Oreo. Last month, Motorola released the Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. The Moto G6 Play Android 8.0 source code was published in May...

Jul 06, 2018, 10:13 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Kernel source code released for the HTC U12+

The HTC U12+ seems to have suffered the fate of every HTC smartphone released since the HTC One (M8) was released in March 2014. The handset has been overshadowed by other flagship Android models from Samsung and even LG. The highest profile device that HTC gets credit for is the Google Pixel 2. Designing the Pixel 2 happened to take HTC back to its glory days as a company that designed and manufactured phones for others...

Jun 27, 2018, 9:14 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Here’s how to make your Android faster with developer options

In this piece, we will show you how to make your Android device snappier by delving into the developer settings...

Jun 26, 2018, 8:42 PM,  by Stuart Lombard,  16 comments
LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo) released for OnePlusOne, Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus/LTE-A and more

It was back toward the end of 2016 when LineageOS started to rise from the ashes of CyanogenMod. Now, the latest version of the open source operating system based on Android is available for the OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, and the Oppo Find 7a/7s. Lineage 15.1 is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and if you can unlock the bootloader on your phone, you can flash LineageOS on it. And you do not need to root your phone to flash LineageOS...

Jun 21, 2018, 11:56 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments

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Kernel source code released for Motorola Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus

If you enjoy developing custom ROMs and recoveries for Android phones, you'll be happy to hear that the kernel source code for the Motorola Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus have been released. The third phone in the G6 series, the Moto G6 Play, had its kernel source code revealed back in April. The Moto G6 has the codename of "Ali," while the G6 Plus has a codename of "Evert."...

Jun 16, 2018, 4:06 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL boots up with Windows 10 for ARM installed

For hacker Ben | imbushuo to be able to install Windows 10 for ARM on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, he had to develop a custom Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) bootloader for the phone. After all, Windows 10 requires a secure boot environment. The hacker did the work on the custom UEFI last month, and today he tweeted images of a Lumia 950 XL running the ARM version of the operating system...

May 03, 2018, 1:37 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  8 comments
Android 8.0 kernel source code revealed by Motorola for the Moto Z

A few days ago, we told you that Brazilian owners of the Moto Z were starting to receive the Android 8.0 (Oreo) update. Those with the U.S. or European version of the handset will have to wait a little bit longer to score Android 8.0 on their modular handset. Speaking of the delicious dunkable creme filled cookie, on Saturday Motorola released the updated kernel source code for the 2016 Moto Z...

Mar 25, 2018, 3:16 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
LineageOS 15.1 nightlies based on Android 8.1 will be available tomorrow for select devices

LineageOS, the custom ROM that rose from the wreck that CyanogenMod left two years ago, is finally ready to release a version based on Android 8.1. LineageOS 15.1 is the first version completely controlled by the new team, although many of CyanogenMod's features can be found in LineageOS. Starting tomorrow, nightlies will begin for a limited number of Android devices. That means that these are not stable releases and could be extremely buggy...

Feb 25, 2018, 10:27 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device...

Nov 15, 2017, 3:53 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  13 comments
Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device...

Nov 14, 2017, 6:30 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  15 comments
(Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge

One of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2's key features that got lifted straight from HTC U11 is the Active Edge frame which allows you to firmly squeeze the device in order to launch the Google Assistant, you see, and a plethora of Android tweakers over at XDA Developers are already working hard on finding a way to remap this to another shortcut...

Oct 20, 2017, 3:26 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  3 comments
LG V30 camera app modded for G6, here's how to add the new features

Almost all of the features and new manual modes that the V30 offers are working, save for the Cine Mode, which is sensor-dependent. Naturally, the G6 carries a different camera set, so the results won't be the same. Here's how to install the V30 camera regimes and features to your trusted G6...

Sep 04, 2017, 4:46 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  1 comment
Tinkerers, rejoice: Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8+ has been successfully rooted

All facts point out that the Snapdragon 835+ (SM-G955) powered US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has just been rooted...

Aug 11, 2017, 4:23 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  18 comments
Sony Xperia XZ Premium tutorial: Here's how to enable constant 4K display resolution

Pssst. Pssst! Got a Sony Xperia XZ Premium? If so, then you're probably awed by its super-crisp 4K display... that's actually downscaling content to Full HD 1080p by default. Yes, as per Sony, "4K (and 4K HDR with 4K HDR content) is used in the Album and Video apps and third party apps with 4K (and 4K HDR) content. Everything else, so homescreen, apps, menus, etc are shown in Full HD."...

Jul 03, 2017, 8:13 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  16 comments
Sony adds the Xperia XZ Premium to the Open Devices program

The Open Devices program is aimed at developers, not at consumers, since the software provided can be unstable due to its early stage. Sony will provide those who wish to start creating AOSP for the Xperia XZ Premium with the necessary tools to build and test their custom ROMs...

Jun 27, 2017, 5:01 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  2 comments
Google Play may start blocking root users from accessing certain apps

The latest update for Netflix, which rolled out on Google Play a few days ago, raised a few eyebrows in the Android community by preventing users with rooted/unlocked devices to download the app from Google's official storefront. Bad news is, more apps may join the ranks of Netflix in the future...

May 19, 2017, 5:49 AM,  by Milen Yanachkov,  17 comments
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Exynos) get TWRP custom recovery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ officially hit the shelves only a few days ago, yet the global versions of the two flagships have already received TWRP support...

Apr 25, 2017, 7:01 AM,  by Plamen Dimitrov,  14 comments
Huawei starts testing Android O on the Mate 9

These internal builds that circulate among testers miss important features that would allow them to be used as daily drivers. Also, there are only two language options that come with the Android O build: English and Chinese (Mandarin)...

Apr 12, 2017, 2:53 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
There's a secret native screen recorder on the Galaxy S7/S7 edge, here's how to make use of it

How to screen record on Samsung Galaxy S7? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where regular screenshots simply don't cut it? Chances are that you have, and this is exactly where a screen recording app might come useful. However, not many Android devices have such a feature built-in into their interface, which means that users have to find an app of that kind themselves and these can often misbehave and not function as advertised...

Apr 04, 2017, 7:46 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  9 comments
Galaxy S8 system dump lets Android users test drive the devices' apps

A system dump of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has allowed enthusiasts to try out some of the new apps...

Apr 03, 2017, 8:38 AM,  by Ben Reid,  3 comments
LineageOS' latest numbers show the OnePlus One is still tinkerers' favorite device

LineageOS, the continuation of the drama-plagued and now dead CyanogenMod Android distribution, has just reached a significant milestone – one million installs, and we believe congratulations are in order...

Mar 20, 2017, 6:12 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  8 comments
You can now (sort of) use Android Wear 2.0's complications on a Wear 1.0 device

One of the big disappointments following the Android Wear 2.0 reveal was that only a few device models would be upgraded. However, even if official development is essentially over, enthusiasts are still actively bringing 2.0's features to the older version...

Mar 15, 2017, 3:28 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  3 comments
March security update for Nexus 6 pulled due to Android Pay issue

The March security update for the Nexus 6 has been pulled by Google. Apparently, those who installed the update found that it breaks SafetyNet, which in turn breaks Android Pay. SafetyNet is an API that checks your phone to see if it has been tampered with. For example, it looks for unlocked bootloaders. the flashing of custom ROMs and other things that make a handset less secure. As a result, it prevents apps that require a secure device, like Android Pay, from working...

Mar 10, 2017, 4:20 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Apple is fighting tooth and nail against “right to repair” laws

It's no secret that the tech industry really hates third-party repairs, and in a bid to combat them, Apple, along with several other tech companies, is heavily opposing a set of so-called "right to repair" bills in eight American states...

Mar 08, 2017, 5:46 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  46 comments
LineageOS 14.1 available for the Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and more

The LineageOS custom ROM project that was started from the ashes of CyanogenMod, now has build 14.1 available for the Exynos based Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Other models now supported by LineageOS 14.1 include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (Wi-Fi and LTE), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet (GSM, Wi-Fi and LTE) the Samsung Galaxy S III (GSM and LTE) and the LG G3 (AT&T, Korean, and Verizon versions)...

Mar 06, 2017, 10:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
LineageOS 14.1 now available for OnePlus 3T and five other Android devices

From the ashes of CyanogenMod, LineageOS was born. Today, six devices have joined the list of Android powered phones and tablets that have a LineageOS custom ROM available. The build number is 14.1 which is based on Android Nougat 7.1. We should point out that LineageOS has continued the build numbers from where CyanogenMod left off, which was 14.0 or Android 7.0...

Feb 13, 2017, 6:58 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
LineageOS, formerly CyanogenMod, has a new logo

The name LineageOS might sound familiar to you because that is the new name for CyanogenMod. On Christmas Day, it was confirmed that the repository in GitHub that was being loaded up with CM files under the Lineage name was indeed the new moniker for the ROM. Cyanogen's actions, and the feud at the top of the company, left blemishes on the CyanogenMod name...

Jan 02, 2017, 10:43 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Nougat-based CyanogenMod 14.1 is now available for the Nexus 5, Moto X Pure Edition, Nextbit Robin, and others

For many 'forgotten' Android devices, a custom ROM is the only way to get a taste of the new newer Android flavors. Of course, other contemporary devices could also greatly benefit from a third-party firmware as it usually gives a tad more control over what's going under the hood at the expense of losing stock software features. Speaking of custom ROMs, probably no other name rings as loud as CyanogenMod's...

Dec 06, 2016, 6:41 AM,  by Peter K.,  2 comments
CyanogenMod brings Android 7.1 Nougat to HTC One (M8), One A9, LG G3 Beat, more

The developers are already working on bringing Android 7.1 Nougat to even more devices including the Galaxy S III (yes, you read that right), Nexus 5 and a few other Chinese phones...

Dec 01, 2016, 11:35 AM,  by Cosmin V.,  1 comment
OnePlus 3T gets TWRP custom recovery soon after market launch

TWRP 3.0.2-0 is the initial release for the OnePlus 3T and features MTP support, exFAT file system support along with NTFS, ADB root, built in Android 6.0 tree, as well as the option to flash OnePlus full OTAs...

Nov 27, 2016, 4:31 PM,  by Cosmin V.,  3 comments
CyanogenMod 14.1, based on Android 7.1, now available for several more handsets

Based on Android 7.1, CyanogenMod 14.1 is now available for nine more smartphones. The build of Android provided by the latest CyanogenMod ROM is available only to those with the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. It also can be accessed on certain Nexus models by those subscribed to the Android developer preview...

Nov 18, 2016, 1:15 PM,  by Alan F.,  5 comments
CyanogenMod 14.1 nightly builds start tonight; build is based on Android 7.1

CyanogenMod 14.1 is kicking off the first of its nightly builds starting tonight. This version of the custom ROM covers Android 7.1. It is still too early for all features to be working and some, like themes, will not be available for users immediately. CyanogenMod is asking users not to file bug reports on missing features, but is asking for help from its community...

Nov 08, 2016, 8:54 PM,  by Alan F.,  5 comments
Night mode disappeared on Nexus 6P with 7.1 Nougat? Here's how to bring it back

Those of you who installed the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview on their trusted Nexus 6P, might have been sorely disappointed to see that the Night mode regime had disappeared from their handset in this build. In 7.1, the option is called Night Light, and is available only on the Pixel phones, as it needs a dedicated driver to work...

Nov 02, 2016, 9:11 AM,  by Daniel P.,  5 comments
Tools unlock the bootloader and root the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Good news this morning for those modders and power users who like to have a completely customizable phone. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have been rooted. That means that custom ROMs can be employed. Chainfire developed the tool to root the new Google handsets. He points out that "the images for the Pixels need to be 'fastboot boot'ed, not flashed. After a few minutes (have patience) and a couple of (automatic) reboots, Android should boot fully rooted."...

Oct 31, 2016, 12:54 AM,  by Alan F.,  0 comments
Bootloader of Verizon-exclusive Google Pixel has been unlocked

Crafty developers have managed to unlocked the bootloader of a Verizon-exclusive Google Pixel...

Oct 26, 2016, 4:53 AM,  by Milen Y.,  2 comments
Original Moto X (2013) gets Android 7.0 Nougat through CyanogenMod CM14

If you've got a Moto X (2013) going spare, you can get Android 7.0 Nougat running thanks to...

Oct 24, 2016, 2:52 PM,  by Ben R.,  1 comment
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